March 1995
Length: 3:28
Disc: The Bends
Tablature: Guitar

Other Versions:
Acoustic @ Eve's Club - Fake Plastic Trees single CD2
Cover by P.M Project - Anyone Can Play Radiohead Tribute LP

One of the songs that prompted reviewers to believe that Thom had some serious personal problems, "Bullet Proof" actually has a more universal meaning, which invites the listener's personal interpretations. This is truly one of the best songs in the band's roster, and one of Thom's own favourites.

The instrumentation was created by Jonny and Ed; they recorded their guitar noises without listening to other layers of the cut. These guitar sound tracks were then put together and mixed with the rest of the song. An acoustic version, also released on the second part of Fake Plastic Trees, is every bit as delicate and gorgeous as The Bends version. The song was debuted in France in 1993 with different lyrics.

It's slow, and drifty. And the lyrics can come off as quite depressing if you look at them a certain way. But, no matter which way you listen to this song, it is very beautiful.

Limb by limb and tooth by tooth
Tearing up inside of me
Every day, every hour
I wish that I was bullet proof

Wax me, mould me
Heat the pins and stab them in
You have turned me into this
Just wish that it was bullet proof
Was bullet proof

So pay me money and take a shot
Lead-fill the hole in me
I could burst a million bubbles
All surrogate and bullet proof
And bullet proof
And bullet proof
And bullet proof
Ed O'Brien "The only song that I've ever played on when I was not allowed to hear the backing track. 'Just make whooping oodle noises for three minutes', was the cry from the control room. 'Bastards', I thought at the time." - Ed Phil Selway
"Did the drum take after a five mile run - it shows." - Phil
Jonny Greenwood
"The backing vocal [counter-melody] in the final chorus is utterly beautiful - so are Ed's bubbles in the second verse..." - Jonny Thom Yorke

"In LA, if you drive round in a limo in the wrong area someone might resent it and shoot randomly into the blacked out glass." - Thom
Colin Greenwood
"More mellow stuff." - Colin
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